Swami Vivekananda is a great role model for youth: Governor

Hyderabad, Sept 11: Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan on Friday exhorted the youth to follow the teachings of Swami Vivekananda to realise their full potential.

Expressing concern over the spate of suicide cases among the students and youth, the Governor urged the students and youth to read Swami’s teachings to overcome the depression and to gain strength to fight the battles of life, and emerge winners.

“Vivekananda’s life itself is a great message. Despite many ailments like diabetes and asthma, he never back tracked in carrying out his mission of promoting Vedanta, the great Indian philosophy, and selfless service all over the world. We must emulate his life and follow path shown by him. Vivekananda said that even a dog should not go hungry in this world,” she said

Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan was addressing the Sampriti Diwas online meeting, organised by the Rama Krishna Math, marking the 127th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s historic Chicago speech at the Parliament of Religions.

“Since my childhood, whenever I feel a little bit low, I used to read Swami Vivekananda’s teachings to get reenergised and motivated. Swami offered a simple mantra that all the power is within us and he tells us that with conviction we can crush mountains and drink oceans,” she said.

The Governor recollected that her father presented Swami Vivekananda’s book when she was in 4th Standard and ever since then, she was getting greater motivation and inspiration by reading the teachings of the great Indian monk, who shook the world with his powerful oratory and came to be known as the divine orator.

 “Vivekananda’s message at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago 127 years ago about the need to have universal religion and to shun the feelings of hatred and bigotry to build a new world full of unity, peace and prosperity is more relevant today than ever,” Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan added.

The Governor lauded the excellent efforts of RK Math and the Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence, which is celebrating its 21th foundation day, in promoting and popularising the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and contributing to the human excellence.

RK Math Vice President Swami Gautamananda, RK Math Adhyaksha Swami Jnanadananda, and Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence Director Bodhamayananda were among those who spoke on the occasion.

-Press note

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